UNB Saint John Professor Thierry Chopin’s work to develop more effective aquaculture practices was recently featured in various media outlets in the United States.
Using the entire ecosystem of a fish farm – including the waste generated by salmon and used by seaweeds and invertebrates – is known as an Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) approach. Dr. Chopin’s IMTA method reduces and reuses fish waste that would otherwise be lost.
“What we are doing is nothing more than recycling nutrients,” Chopin explains. “Instead of looking at them as waste, we look at them as nutrients for the next species.”
His research was prominently covered by a number of media outlets recently, both in Canada and the United States.